The Myth of Having One Software System (And What to Do Instead)

Ahmad El Chayati
June 26, 2023

Do you really need a single, complex software system for your enterprise? Probably not. Software has evolved significantly in recent decades, offering a plethora of choices and possibilities. Let's explore what type of software system is right for you.

Applying the Employee Hiring Approach to Software

Imagine if an organization hired one employee to handle all functions within the company. It would be deemed incompetent and ignorant of how companies operate, right? It's common knowledge that specialized employees are essential for effective teamwork.

The same principle applies to the kitchen, where relying on one appliance to perform all tasks isn't ideal. It complicates matters, becomes difficult to maintain, poses a significant problem if the device malfunctions, and limits your options for different features.

Now, consider applying this logic to software systems.

The Pitfalls of Single, Complex Software Systems

So, why do big IT vendors create single, complex software systems? The answer is simple: overshooting. They continually add new features to upsell customers, even though they are aware it's not the right approach. Yet, customers keep buying these systems, despite the following issues:

  • Expensive costs
  • Generic nature
  • Limited customization options
  • User adoption challenges
  • High maintenance requirements
  • Rigid upgrade processes

Customers fall prey to the myth perpetuated by software sellers. However, over time, they will likely reflect on their choices, realizing that just as no one hires one employee to do all tasks, relying on a single software system isn't optimal either.

A Smarter Approach to Buying Software

Instead of a one-size-fits-all solution, companies should consider specialized applications designed for specific functions and teams. These applications should interact with a central system of records, while also allowing teams to create innovative, customized applications that enhance their effectiveness.

Not all data needs to be stored in the central system; important information that will be shared across applications can reside there, while team-specific data can be stored in individual application databases.

Getting Started with the Right Software System

If you're ready to embrace this approach, here's the simplest way to proceed: implement an ERP system as your central system of records and backend repository. Then, choose the best-specialized applications that cater to specific needs and performance-limited tasks.

At Exceeders, an IT Marketplace, we offer a wide range of innovative specialized applications that are agile, flexible, and seamlessly integrate with each other.

Take the first step and explore our store to find the perfect software system for your enterprise.

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